The PLA Navy conducted simulation training for landing transport aircraft on aircraft carriers. The move indicates that China is currently developing fixed-wing transport aircraft and special-purpose aircraft, including AWACS aircraft for its third aircraft carrier, the Fujian Type 003, equipped with electromagnetic catapults.
University of Naval Aviation of the Northern Command of the PLA in June this year. organized a series of training sessions in realistic combat scenarios. Yun-7 aircraft were involved.
Cadets-pilots conducted ground simulation training for landing transport aircraft on aircraft carriers. Observers say this is the first time it has become known to the general public that the PLA Navy is training its transport aircraft cadets for missions on aircraft carriers.
The current two Chinese aircraft carriers, Liaoning and Shandong, do not have fixed-wing transport aircraft on deck, as they use springboards for takeoff, which limit the takeoff weight of the aircraft. But such aircraft will be able to operate on the Fujian aircraft carrier.
Fu Qianshao, military expert: “Fixed-wing transport aircraft have an advantage over transport helicopters on aircraft carriers in terms of range, speed and payload, which is why China should have them now that it has a catapult-equipped aircraft carrier. Using the Jun-7 for training simulation is a good choice because the general characteristics, such as size, are similar to a transport cargo aircraft.”
For example, the United States has a C-2 Greyhound cargo aircraft for its aircraft carriers and an E-2 Hawkeye AWACS aircraft developed on its basis.
China has reportedly developed the Kunjing-600 carrier-based AWACS aircraft for the Fujian aircraft carrier. Based on it, it is expected to build other special aircraft, including anti-submarine versions. The Fujian aircraft carrier will be equipped with an upgraded version of the Jian-15 heavy fighter, the Jian-15 electronic warfare variant, the Jian-35 stealth fighter, and strike reconnaissance UAVs.